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rampant reds Mo Salah admits he 'expected' Seamus Coleman to make key mistake as Liverpool thump Everton

Liverpool piled more pressure on former manager Rafael Benitez with a record-breaking at Goodison Park in the 239th Merseyside derby.

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Diogo Jota of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Diogo Jota of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Diogo Jota of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah suggested he expected Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman to make a crucial mistake that allowed him to score the crucial goals as Everton were crushed 4-1 in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool piled more pressure on former manager Rafael Benitez with a record-breaking at Goodison Park in the 239th Merseyside derby, as they maintained their current Premier League average of three goals per game.

In doing so, Jurgen Klopp’s side became the first top-flight English team to score at least twice in 18 successive fixtures in all competitions.

Mohamed Salah continues to lead the Liverpool charge and his first goal was a beautifully-crafted curling shot across Jordan Pickford into the far corner but his second was all about a predatory instinct.

With the score at 2-1 after Demarai Gray pulled one back just before half-time, Salah then seized on a calamitous error by Everton captain Seamus Coleman to race the length of the pitch to score.

With the score at 2-1 after Demarai Gray pulled one back just before half-time, he seized on a calamitous error by Everton captain Seamus Coleman to race the length of the pitch to score.

Diogo Jota lashing a shot past Pickford’s near post was the last thing Benitez – now eight matches without a win and just two points from a possible 24 – wanted to see.

It was Coleman's error that handed Salah a chance to score Liverpool's crucial third goal and the Egyptian admitted he was expecting the error to come.

"I expected him to do a mistake which he did," said Salah of Coleman's slip. "The game was tough at 2-1 but at 3-1 it becomes much better.

"The message from the manager was that they will play physically strong and go 100% for every ball we just had to play our game and try to create chances, which we did."

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Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 01, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 01, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 01, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Klopp was delighted with his side's display, as he suggested Liverpool turned in their best display at Goodison Park since during his tenure as Liverpool boss.

"It was by far the best performance we've done at Goodison," he told Amazon Prime. "We made a big step in our development that we can take these kind of games, even though they are really important for the opponent. We can put emotions to the side.

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"What football moments we had in the first half - incredible! The positions we put on the pitch made it really difficult to get at us. We gave a goal away for no reason - that is how it is.

"The crowd were angry and we gave them life back. After half-time we controlled it again - we showed the boys two or three situations and the way they defended we could have sent Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah away a lot more in one-on-one situations.

"It was for sure a nine out of 10 performance from each of the boys, apart from moments. We shouldn't take that for granted though. It is all about the boys. It was all over a pretty good performance."

Everton manager Benitez was in downbeat mood after the game, as he admitted his side made too many mistakes to compete against his former club.

"I think anyone who could see the game we made too many mistakes and when you do that against a top side you pay for it," he stated.

"The fans at the beginning were pushing and after we scored the atmosphere was really good. Then the second half we started on top but then another mistake changed the game.

"We are talking about key players missing and maybe these key players are very important for the rest of the group to play at the level they can play.

"It is always bad to lose but when you lose to a team that has spent so much money and have so many good players sometimes it is because you make a mistake and the other team is quite good.

"I still have confidence the team will do well. We need to bring players back and we will be as strong as we were at the beginning. We need to learn we cannot make these types of mistakes."

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